Thursday, December 20, 2012
Dinner with Joe
Joe mostly lives in Canberra so opportunities for us to get together for a chat are few. Last night, however, I shouted him a dinner at my usual Greek restaurant, including beer. I think it is the first time I have had a beer with my son so that is a bit of a landmark.
He arrived at my place about 5:30 pm so before we left I took the opportunity to play him my latest audio discovery: An immaculate performance of Beethoven's piano concerto no. 5 with Emil Gilels as soloist. It reduced me to tears (of joy) when first I heard it.
Fortunately, Joe likes classical music too. Here is another audio treasure I must also play him some time soon. An amazing performance of Bedrich Smetana's "Vltava" by two Japanese ladies.
Amazing what you can do with a Steinway. Joe is himself a pianist so he may have a particular appreciation of both above works.
Anyway, Joe told me a lot about his life in Canberra over dinner, which I was interested to hear. I offered various words of advice at different stages but, as usual, he had already arrived at similar conclusions by himself. He and I are quite different in personality and appearance but the mental similarities are considerable.
After dinner we went back to my place and had a cup of tea with some Smetana selections playing in the background. Joe asked me quite a bit about my recollections of times past and there were a few laughs in that! I myself find it rather amazing that I wore platform heels in the 70s!